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The cinema of Oliver StoneArt, authorship and activism$
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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099168

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099168.001.0001

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(p.77) 2 Politics
The cinema of Oliver Stone

Ian Scott

Henry Thompson

Manchester University Press

This chapter traces the evolution of Stone’s political consciousness and his articulation of America’s twentieth century outlook by revisiting JFK, the film that placed Stone centre-stage in this assault on establishment doctrine and routine. It then considers how that critique was honed in his subsequent feature films – W. - documentary work and in particular Comandante (2003) and South of the Border (2010). The chapter also revisits the debate about drama as history as well as locating Stone’s documentary work within that genre’s tradition and trends over recent years including the increasing presence of feature film aesthetics and entertainment values.

Keywords:   Stone, politics, JFK, empire, Capraesque

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